Coronavirus pandemic

  • Chinese cities find virus in Brazilian chicken wings, Ecuadorian shrimp packaging
    BEIJING/SHANGHAI, August 13 (Reuters): Two cities in China have found traces of the new coronavirus in imported frozen food and on food packaging, local authorities said on Thursday, raising fears that contaminated food shipments might cause new outbreaks. A sample taken from the surface of frozen chicken wings imported into the southern city of Shenzhen from Brazil, as well as samples of outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp sold in the northwestern Xi'An city, have teste
  • No pay, no freedom: Brazil struggles to rescue maids from slavery
    RIO DE JANEIRO, August 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Whenever Elisa goes out in her small town in northeastern Brazil, she fears seeing the family she once considered her own. After almost three decades of domestic work with no pay and little freedom, Elisa realized she was a slave and plotted to escape the household where she had lived since the age of seven. The 38-year-old was rescued in 2018 after alerting the authorities and has started to build a new life. But a rem
  • China denounces U.S. health chief's criticism over virus as 'political show'
    BEIJING, August 12 (Reuters): China said on Wednesday that U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar has performed the "worst in the world" in controlling the novel coronavirus, rejecting criticism of China made by Azar during a three-day trip to Taiwan this week. Azar attacked China's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday saying that if such an outbreak had emerged in Taiwan or the United States it could have been "snuffed out easily". Chinese foreig
  • Indian villagers tire of coronavirus rules just as rural cases surge
    BAIHATA CHARIALI/KARALAPAKKAM, August 12 (Reuters): Harmahan Deka doesn't wear a mask anymore to avoid the novel coronavirus nor does he try to keep a safe distance from others. For the 25 men and women he works with in his construction materials business near the small town of Baihata Chariali in Assam, life is more or less as it used to be, Deka says. "The virus can't attack me, it's weakened," the 50-year-old diabetic said. "I often hang out at
  • Coronavirus found on frozen seafood in China
    BEIJING, August 11 (Reuters): Authorities in China have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived from the port city of Dalian, which recently battled a surge of cases, a local government said on Tuesday. The virus was found on the outer packaging of frozen seafood bought by three companies in Yantai, a port city in eastern Shandong province. The Yantai city government said in a statement the seafood was from an imported shipment that la
  • Rural economy still strong on record procurement of farm produce: PM
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 (IANS): As the pandemic severely hits the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the rural economy of India is on a strong footing, bucking the overall economic slowdown, courtesy the 'record' procurement of farmers' produce by the government. Speaking at the launch programme of the Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, Modi said it was due to the farmers that the country did not have to face problems in terms of essential food items du
  • U.S. surpasses 160,000 coronavirus deaths as school openings near
    NEW YORK, August 7 (Reuters): More than 160,000 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, nearly a quarter of the global total, according to a Reuters tally on Friday, as the country debates whether schools are ready to reopen in coming weeks. The country recorded 160,003 deaths and 4.91 million cases, the highest caseload in the world, caused in part by lingering problems in making rapid testing widely available and resistance in some quarters to mas
  • Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000, one person dies every 15 seconds on average
    Reuters The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities. Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks. That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds. President Donald Trump said the coronavirus outbreak is as under contro
  • 'I cannot save everybody': Houston doctor fights newest COVID-19 surge
    HOUSTON, July 29 (Reuters): The scene inside United Memorial Medical Center in Houston has become all too familiar: overwhelmed medical staff fighting to curb the wave of COVID-19 patients that come through the hospital’s doors every day. While in earlier pandemic hot spots like New York the medical emergency has subsided, Texas is among the many U.S. states battling a resurgence of the virus that is straining their healthcare systems. Dr. Joseph Varon, the chief medic
  • Escape to North Korea: Defector at heart of COVID-19 case fled sex abuse investigation
    SEOUL, July 28 (Reuters): Last week, a 24-year-old defector returned to North Korea the way he left in 2017, authorities say, but with a coronavirus pandemic raging in the background this time, his illicit trip drew far more attention. South Korea has identified the man only by his surname, Kim, and said he was the "runaway" who North Korea accuses of illegally crossing their shared border last week with symptoms of COVID-19. Facing a sexual assault investigation,
  • WHO says travel bans cannot be indefinite; countries must fight virus
    GENEVA, July 27 (Reuters): Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organization said on Monday. A surge of infections has prompted countries to reimpose some travel restrictions in recent days, with Britain throwing the reopening of Europe's tourism industry into disarray by ordering a quarantine on travellers returning
  • WHO says COVID-19 by far its worst global health emergency
    GENEVA, July 27 (Reuters): The new coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 16 million people is easily the worst global health emergency the World Health Organization (WHO) has faced, its director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday. Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world manage to beat it, Tedros added at a virtual news briefing in Geneva. "Where these measures are followed, cases go
  • U.S. judge finds Cohen target of retaliation, releases from prison
    New York, July 23 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was ordered released from prison and will return to home confinement on Friday after a federal judge found he was a target of retaliation for planning to publish a book about the president. Cohen was sent home from prison in May because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was shackled again on July 9 after he questioned an agreement that barred him from publishing his book, engaging with news o
  • Biden, Obama criticize Trump's coronavirus response in 'socially distanced' chat
    Reuters Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama blasted Republican President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a video aired on Thursday, as the Biden campaign tapped the star power of America's first Black president. Obama and Biden, who served as his vice president, sat down facing each other in chairs from across a room for a "socially distanced" conversation. Both men released the video on Twitter
  • Leading child rights activist succumbs to Covid in Hyderabad
    HYDERABAD, JULY 22 (IANS): Well-known child rights activist P. Achyuta Rao died of Covid-19 here on Wednesday. He was 58. The founder of Balala Hakkula Sangham, an NGO fighting for child rights, breathed his last at a private hospital, where he was admitted a week ago. Rao was also suffering from a heart ailment and other co-morbidities, hospital sources said. The honorary President of the Balala Hakkula Sangham was active in taking up cases of child right violations and only
  • Trump shifts rhetoric as he urges mask-wearing, warns of worsening pandemic
    WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters): President Donald Trump, in a shift in rhetoric and tone, encouraged Americans on Tuesday to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distance and warned that the coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better. In his first press briefing in months focused on the outbreak, Trump urged young people to avoid going to crowded bars and maintained that the virus would disappear at some point. Trump's remarks were a change in strategy
  • U.S. wants to build coalition to counter China's 'disgraceful' menace, Pompeo says
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States wants to build a global coalition to counter China as he accused Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further its own interests. U.S. President Donald Trump identifies China as the United States' main rival, and has accused President Xi Jinping of taking advantage over trade and not telling the truth over the novel coronavirus outbreak, which Trump calls the "C
  • Tuensang to intensify COVID-19 awareness drive
    Tuensang, July 21 (MExN): As decided by Tuensang District Task Force for COVID-19, a meeting was conducted at DC Conference Hall Tuensang on July 21. The meeting was chaired by Shelly Kathery SDO(C) Tuensang and attended by Forest, PHED, Fisheries, Social welfare, NSRLM, Sakhi one stop centre, MSK departments along with Tuensang Town All Ward Union, COC, GHSS Thangjam and GHSS Tuensang. The meeting discussed on ward wise awareness campaign drive for COVID-19 awareness drive as sched
  • People are more likely to contract COVID-19 at home, study finds
    SEOUL, July 21 (Reuters): South Korean epidemiologists have found that people were more likely to contract the new coronavirus from members of their own households than from contacts outside the home. A study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 16 looked in detail at 5,706 "index patients" who had tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 59,000 people who came into contact with them. The findings showed just
  • Indigenous people especially at risk from COVID-19, warns WHO
    GENEVA, July 20 (Reuters): Indigenous communities comprising half a million people around the world are especially vulnerable to the new coronavirus pandemic due to often poor living conditions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.   Director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that as of July 6, there were more than 70,000 cases reported among indigenous peoples in the Americas, with over 2,000 deaths.   He urged nations to take all nece